Monday, January 26, 2009

Finally Something Sewn...



The first real project of '09...Loes Hinse's Milano Jacket. I was drawn to the design by its simplicity, but also by the fact that it has princess seams and two-piece sleeves. Traced the pattern off *months* ago, and finally decided to give it a go.

I had some poly/lycra moleskin in a gorgeous deep royal blue that I bought from Gigi Louis ages ago and decided to give it a go; I thought the satiny back of the moleskin would make it a natural for an unlined jacket. HOWEVER, I did not take into consideration the extreme drapiness...or, as it looked in the jacket, floppiness of the fabric. Moleskin just didn't have enough body to support itself; I think if I'd added some lightweight fusible interfacing to the front and the facing I'd've been a little more pleased.

But, when it was all finished, it looked better than I expected. The only *real* problem is that I forgot to shorten the sleeves before I cut them out. I marked the fold lines, but since I traced the pattern months before I actually made it, I forgot that those markings still needed to be folded out; I thought I'd shortened the sleeve at those lines when I traced it. (Note to self: Make notes to self about these things...). However, with the jacket open and the sleeves pushed up, the jacket has a casual chic look that I think I really like. Plus, the lycra in the sleeves helps hold them up.

Maybe it's a new look for me ;)

7 comments:

  1. Your jacket looks great! I have been meaning to make up the Milano myself - thanks for the kick in the pants.

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  2. Yay! Another blue item for you - you look really great in this color. I agree, I like the sleeves pushed up look.

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  3. This looks lovely on you. And I know what you mean about notes, I'm terrible at it. If I trace something and don't make it right away I'm completely at loss for I had originally planned :))

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  4. You look lovely in your new jacket! Great color on you. And there's no floppiness visible in the pictures. I do have to say, I quite like unbuttoned - it looks very slimming, especially with the CF seam in your top.

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  5. Very flattering jacket - that colour loves you! Alexandra is right about how slim the open jacket makes you look with the CF seamed top. What a successful first project for 2009!

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  6. It's amazing how much visual poundage is removed just by unbuttoning the jacket and pushing up the sleeves! I look back and forth on the pictures...it's a lesson in WNTW right there...

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  7. I think it looks great either way. Yes, the difference in the blue with that white in the middle really gives a thin look.

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